It's a good idea to have a neighbor on the school board
My Colorado Roots
My grandfather, John Marshall, worked for both the State Highway Department and the City of Denver Highway Department. One of his projects was in building new highways throughout Colorado. On one such pass, there wasn’t a name on the map, so he penciled-in the name of his boss, "Mr. Vail," who headed the highway department. His last project was in building the two north-south runways at Stapleton Airport which were desperately needed. My grandmother, Helen Lowry Marshall wrote over 10 poetry books for Doubleday Books and Hallmark Cards.
My uncle, Warren Marshall, worked as an engineer & salesman for the Colorado Fuel & Iron company in Pueblo, Colorado. He sold insurance after that in Littleton, Colorado.
My father, Vernon Elliott, came to Denver in 1942 to learn about the Norden bombsight. Soon after , he met & courted my mother, Elise Marshall. He once pointed-out the school to me that she worked at, north of Brighton, when he courted her. My father went to work for United Airlines after WWII. At that time United had two flights a day into Denver and the DC-3s flew down from Cheyenne. He said that United’s balance sheet was a lot better than the competitor, Continental Airlines. He also finished-up as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. My father was a model to me, He didn’t have anything when he started out in life, during the worst economic depression in our country’s history. He laid one brick at a time for a successful life, a successful marriage, and a sucessful family.
I attended Ashley Elementary School district by Stapleton Airport; went through all 6 years, and then graduated on to Gove Junior High School on Colorado Boulevard. For a short time I even held a position as a Denver Post carrier.
At the end of the 7th grade, my dad was transferred to San Francisco, so I went to Burlingame Intermediate School and then to Burlingame High School. I participated in football, swimming, Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout w/3 palms, Vigil Honor, and Lodge Chief), and learned Spanish.
I remember being elated when the honorable J. Arthur Younger appointed me to the Air Force Academy, and I returned to Colorado.
I went through pilot training in Phoenix, Arizona. I like to say that my actual reason for going to Phoenix was to search for my future wife: Carol Ann Wilcox (Elliott). I found her on the day I graduated. (She’s still my first wife. ☺) We have been married 52 years.
Several fighter tours in the F-4 aircraft followed . I spent two years in Southeast Asia for a total of 363 combat missions.
After the war, I received an Olmsted Scholarship to study in a foreign country. I matriculated to the University of Oslo, Norway, Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. I received the Candidatus Magisterri degree in 1974. I learned to speak Norwegian very well.
The Air Force Test Pilot School followed, and my test pilot assignment was to Eglin AFB, Florida. I was a finalist candidate for the 1976 NASA Astronaut selection, but I did not make it in the end. I flew on several air-to-air missile programs (which is what a fighter pilot wants to do most.)
There was a staff posting to the USAF Forces in Europe at Ramstein Airbase, Germany. So, I speak a little German, too.
My last assignment was to Edwards Air Force Base, California as the Deputy Commandant, USAF Test Pilot School. I was promoted to Colonel, but decided it was time to return home to Colorado.
Following my retirement from the military, I joined the Hughes Aircraft Company in Aurora, Colorado, as a Project Manager for the Space and Communications Division.
Following this job, I decided that I wanted to have my own company. The company evolved over several years to become an importer and distributor of wines & spirits. This company, E-Corp, Inc., has been in existence for 31 years, and now has 19 employees. I was proudest when five of these employees were able to purchase, and move in to their first houses.
Kristiana, my eldest, is married to a highway patrolman in Laramie, Wyoming, and she is a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. Marshall, my son, is pursuing artist ambitions while teaching in Oakland, California, and is engaged to Ms. Joanne Easton from Australia, also an artist. Allison, the youngest, works for our company and is now the CEO and president, ushering in the fourth decade of E-Corp, Inc.
Why I became interested
I was surprised to see Marxism advanced proudly as a supporting doctrine underneath the school movement called “Critical Race Theory.” This has taught white children to feel bad about their whiteness.That’s a core communist idea: they identify a class of people as the “bad guys” & go after them. “Equity” is the new “in” word. I am also opposed to the idea that we are still at fault for the institution of slavery. That issue was settled, forever, in 1865. We lost more people in that civil war than all the other wars we have fought, combined. I am opposed to all the false ideas that make-up Critical Race Theory. It is an evil cancer. It may not yet be in LPS. But no one knows until you start looking around. Denver Public Schools has already accepted it. Their website says: “we want to … transform Denver Public Schools into a school district grounded in equity. This district-wide focus on equity will be embedded in everything we do.” Not one pamphlet, not one book, not one teacher. Critical Race Theory is a really bad idea.
I am also appalled at the use of guns to kill kids in school. We have had three experiences in our local area: Columbine High School, Arapahoe High School and the STEM school in Highlands Ranch. At Arapahoe High School, a school resource officer (policeman) walked down the hall and stopped the attack immediately. I believe having school resource officers in every Littleton Public School is a good idea.
Many of the kids who are involved in school shootings have problems with mental health. I support continuing the efforts of LPS in hiring mental health specialists as a first attempt at this solving problem. This is an idea worth expanding.
We should never take our eyes off of education for K-12 kids: Reading. Writing. Arithmetic. Concentrate on these skills and their success in life is assured. These are always good ideas.